Last time I wrote we had just started our home Bible Study group. We were excited about the Buddhist students and friends who were coming. We are now several months down the road. Let me tell you about several young Tai Kadai with whom we have developed friendships through the studies:
Nong is high school student but struggles socially. He considers himself a Christian but his family doesn’t know it yet. He is afraid of what will happen when he tells them.
Roe is college student and local celebrity. As the host of a talk show, his picture appears on several billboards around town. He became a Christian before we met him but has committed himself to following Jesus more fully. His Mom originally brought him to church but she no longer attends so he attends alone.
Jen is a young professional. Recently she called off an engagement with a successful man she hardly knew. Tai Kadai parents are still very much in charge of marriage plans, especially for young women. Marriage to a successful man not only ensures the bride’s future but also benefits her parents. Since Jen ended the engagement, her parents make her life miserable.
Jane is a college student. She studied the Bible for awhile but the world has become very enticing. It seems she is currently being lured away by money and bad influences.
Lou is a teenager but not attending school presently. As an only child, she is indulged. Sadly she’s involved in the spirit world. When she tries to pray, she feels like she is being strangled. But Lou doesn’t want to give up her spirit world connection because she doesn’t have friends.
What do they all have in common? They are all looking for peace, joy and a sense of belonging.
As we meet together on Saturday evenings, we are joined by other teachers, many of whom the students consider their closest and best friends. Friendship is an important part of outreach to Tai Kadai young people. Becoming a Christian can often mean the loss of family and friends.
Our Miracle Home–We believe that our home was a direct gift from God to allow us to host this study group. Toward the end of 2014 our home was burglarized for the second time is just a few months. We knew we needed to move so we began to pray. After examining our budget, we decided we could spend $190/month.
After praying, we started driving around looking for houses (there is no CraigsList here). We stumbled upon a nice house about 20 minutes away from the school but the price was $250/month. Upon visiting the house, we found two large bedrooms with two baths, a large L-shaped living room and a nice sized kitchen, with a porch around the house, on a large lot. Located in a quiet neighborhood with nice neighbors, we loved it!
But we felt it was priced out of our range so we didn’t even make an offer; just stated we couldn’t afford it. The landlord kept going down on at the price, ending at $200. We insisted we could only afford $190 and gave the landlord our phone number if she changed her mind. We didn’t hear anything for a couple days so we thought it had been rented to someone else. Then the landlord called, lowering the price to $191. Again we stated we could only spend $190. It was so tempting to accept but we wanted to be faithful stewards of God’s resources so we declined. Then the landlord finally agreed to $190/month. God gave us a home, large enough for ministry, at the price we could afford. Praise His name!
We know God was leading us to start a home Bible Study group. It is so exciting to see how He works in the lives of our students, to see them grow in knowledge of the Bible, to watch them lead the Bible Study. Please pray for each of these young people that they will have protection from evil and understanding from their families as they continue learning about Jesus.
Editor’s note: Caiden has been conducting seminars in other Tai Kadai communities, equipping believers to use the same Bible Study method to start home groups. If you would like to support Adara and Caiden with either a one-time gift or a monthly gift, please visit www.afmonline.org